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'HEAVEN' CAN WAIT FOR PORTILLO

The duo have refused to give the prospective Conservative Party leader tickets for their 'Closer To Heaven' musical...

The PET SHOP BOYS have snubbed MICHAEL PORTILLO, the prospective CONSERVATIVE PARTY leader, by refusing to give him free tickets to their current West End musical 'CLOSER TO HEAVEN'.

According to newspaper reports, the MP "let it be known" that he wanted to see the gay stage show - but speaking exclusively to the NME.COM, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said the politician would have to pay to get in like everyone else and added: "What have we done to deserve this?!"

Famously, tabloids recently revealed that Portillo had two gay affairs while at college - but the would-be Tory leader, who has since been married for years, insists he is heterosexual. Two of his former lovers have since died from AIDS. Many campaigners have slammed him for what they see as insufficient support for gay causes and rights, despite his past.

However, a spokesperson for the Pet Shop Boys said that the band had nothing further comment to make, other than if Portillo bought a ticket, they wouldn't seek to ban him from watching it.

It certainly appears that the politician is looking to get more 'with it' in an early bid to secure the youth vote, following in the footsteps of former Tory leader William Hague, who wandered round drinking cocktails in a baseball hat two years ago at Notting Hill Carnival.

For more, see this week's NME, out nationwide now.

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